Bacolod fire kills 17
DSSD reports, but fire chief
says only 16 bodies found
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Cries for help could be heard from beyond the flames on All Soul’s Day but rescuers could not get through.
The blaze suspected to have started from a candle on the first floor of a boarding house in Barangay 19, Bacolod, at 1:19 a.m. yesterday swiftly ate up the stairs blocking off the exit of those on the second floor, prompting one man to jump out of a window to call for help, but the building made of wood soon collapsed.
When the fire was put out at 4:08 a.m. fire fighters dug through the rubble and found 16 charred bodies ranging from an 11-month-old baby to a 70-year-old woman who were all occupants of the boarding house, FO3 Cornelio Silva of the Bacolod Fire Station said.